It's the Lenten season and I'm a seafood lover. Nothing awakens my taste buds like a good, delicious, piping-hot fish platter.
It's the Lenten season and I'm a seafood lover. Nothing awakens my taste buds like a good, delicious, piping-hot fish platter. Between Lenten commercial and church fish fries, the chances of dining on tender, succulent, tasty fish are excellent.
Unfortunately, fish can become quite tasteless if not properly prepared. Warm, greasy fish, served with pockets of grease under the breading, comes from frying in oil that's not hot enough. Good, tasty fish needs to be fried in very hot oil, and then served piping hot.
In alphabetical order, the following, I assure you, have never been known to serve cold, tepid, greasy or tasteless seafood.
DOMENIC’S ROSE VILLA RESTAURANT – 368 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township, 330-644-5522.
This long established restaurant is a favorite among the locals. Its Friday Lenten Fish Fry features all-you-can-eat, tasty ocean perch. Other selections are cod, Lake Erie perch, salmon, orange roughy and shrimp. Baked fish is also on the menu. Carry-out is available.
IDO CAFÉ – 1537 S. Main St., Akron, 330-773-1724
In the mood for good baked halibut? There's none better served anywhere than at the Ido Café. Pricey? Perhaps a little. But then it's halibut, and at the Ido Café it's simply outstanding. Other Friday Lenten Fish Fry features include white pollock and fish tacos. Among the sides offered are french fries, cole slaw and hot rice. Ido also serves tasty salmon, blackened or grilled mahi mahi, and a variety of baked fish. On Fridays during Lent Ido features all-you-can-eat.
LOUIE’S BAR & GRILLE - 739 E. Glenwood Avenue, Akron, 330-535-5030.
Louie's fish dinners rate second to none. Each Lenten Friday features a three-piece flounder or two-piece pollock platter, with french fries and cole slaw. If you enjoy real french fries, this place serves them. Potatoes are peeled and cut fresh, then fried. This take me back to the days before the dry, tasteless frozen fries were used. They also serve cod sandwiches with fries. Carryout is available.
TIM’S TAVERN – 3323 Parkway St. NW, Canton, Ph. 330-455-6306.
It's no secret this is one of my favorites fish spots. The locals have made it theirs, too. Tim’s standard fried fish served for years there, and at the Stark County Fair, is to die for. Among the many selections are cod, salmon, tuna, scrod, perch, catfish, walleye and shrimp. Tim's clam chowder is outstanding. I love the broiled scrod with blackened onions. That, along with two sides, satisfies my taste for fish … for at least 24 hours.
WIL’S GRILLE & PUB – 1644 W. Turkeyfoot Lakes Roa, Coventry Township, 330-753-5743.
Wil's reputation for serving excellent seafood is locked in the minds and the taste buds of thousands. His homemade New England Clam Chowder, made with fresh clams, has Nantucket wondering how this outstanding soup ended up in the midwest. Wil's offers two different Friday Lenten fish dinners: Lake Erie perch and walleye. Also served are delicious flounder, catfish, salmon and tasty, fried, cod chunks with just the right touch of perfectly seasoned breading. Wil’s French fries are freshly peeled potatoes, cut before frying. The baked potatoes are oven-made, not microwaved. The cole slaw is homemade. Top off a meal with home-brewed ice tea and Wil's delicious New York Cheese Cake smothered with cherries or strawberries. Carry-out is available. Go early. Tables fill up fast.
DIETZ’S LANDING – Portage Lakes
Due to new owners, they won't be open 'til after Lent. Consequently there's no chance to sample their fish this year.
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